When Chevy Chase as a Manhattan sportswriter abandons his career for country life, you know “getting away from it all” will inevitably mean getting in deeper. Urban transplant Andy Farmer in Funny Farm is “Chase’s best work,” Siskel & Ebert proclaimed. Madolyn Smith costars as Andy’s supportive wife. Together the funny Farmers learn that the eccentric people and events around them outnumber even the mosquitoes. And that one mustn’t brag about becoming “Mr. Lamb Fries” until knowing the truth. Breezily directed by George Roy Hill and vibrantly scored by Elmer Bernstein, this comedy charmer will produce a rich harvest of laughter.

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